Worlds Within Worlds

  Death The bed is hard, and my head aches as sleep leaves me. A groan escapes my lips. I can’t remember who I am, or how I got here. My heart beats quickly as fear takes hold of me. Then I take a deep breath and clear my thoughts to push aside the fear. […]

Storm and Stone

  Waiting for the Storm I wake early today, before first sun, and walk onto the deck. The ocean calms me, and I forget myself as I watch the waves far below.

Another clear day. Unusual weather for this time of year, the season of violent lightstorms.

I find myself strangely disappointed with the clear […]

First Sting

  Weapons Shazira sits next to me as the ship returns to Siksa. We’re quiet, and our spirits rest, together.

Dilasa sits on the other side of Shazira, and looks troubled. She turns toward me, and I sense her mind touch, and her fear.

“How do we stop the Spiral, ina?” “Don’t you need a […]

Spiral

  A New Vision I have no flesh, but I still taste the sweet light of the sun. The sun’s energy fills me with great waves of color, and the rhythms of the energy’s ebb and flow come to me as music. The sparks of my strength rise into a great fire, and the Feldin […]

Beast

  Orphans Wisten and I walk together, while Makish and the others move among the crowd. On Siksa, we no longer celebrate Sindar’s day, but here, on Sinesu, it’s the happiest day of the year.

The town square is filled with every type of food and entertainment. We wander from place to place, enjoying the […]

Wrapped in Storms

  Shields We walk together on the mountain, enjoying the cool breeze. Berek stops and looks confused when I remove his energy shield.

“Why did you dissolve the shield, ina?” he asks. “I can’t fly without it.”

“Your next practice will be without a shield, but you won’t be doing much flying.”

I take him […]

Lessons and Betrayal

  Twin Visions The brief contact with the Jiku sphere of mirrors takes my strength. I feel the smooth stone under my Jiku body, as my awareness returns to the marketplace, but only for a moment, just before I collapse. I sleep, but without peace. A vision comes and takes me.

I fly quickly through […]

Storms and Voices

  Voice of the Storm I sit quietly on an island and watch the waves and the clouds in the distance. My perch is a ring of small hills, covered in green and flowers. I learned of the island from the old ones. It reminds me of the sacred hills in Tshuan, though the hills […]